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hit the jersey shore, also leaving a huge financial dent. new jersey governor chris christie announcing the preliminary cost of the damage is a record-high $29.4 billion, a number expected to rise. new york governor andrew cuomo also planning to ask the federal government for at least $30 billion to help his state in its recovery. meanwhile, new york is getting $27 million in federal funds to hire more than 5,000 sandy cleanup workers. holiday shopping season is off to a record start -- 247 million shoppers visiting stores and websites over the four-day weekend starting on thanksgiving, spending totaling over $59 billion, with the average holiday shopper spending $423. but if you're in the market for a partridge in a pear tree or seven swans a-swimming, you better start saving. this year's "twelve days of christmas" gift list will cost you over $100,000. for "teen kids news," i'm lauren green, "fox news channel in the classroom." >> we're going to take you back to early 1940s. world war ii was raging. here at home, the u.s. government put into play a drastic policy. people of
. >> it was a high. a little bit of a high. >> reporter: meet christie, a former extreme couponer who ditched the scissors after a three-year run. >> reporter: what was the straw that broke the camel's back? >> spending seven, eight hours on black friday going to cvs, walgreen's to get more of things i had 100 of. >> reporter: so she kicked the habit cold turkey. any withdrawals? >> i'm okay. i can walk past a drugstore without needing to go in. so i think i've broken the addiction. >> reporter: now she's telling all. call it "confessions of an ex-couponaholic." confession one, the freebies aren't so desirable and can lead to hoarding and stockpiling. >> saving money on things you wouldn't otherwise buy and things you don't need. >> reporter: confession two, extreme couponing often lead to an unhealthy diet. >> you can't get fresh organic produce. that stuff just doesn't go on sale. >> reporter: confession three, it is a time-consuming obsession. >> if you're going to spend five to ten hours doing something, get a part-time job. don't spend it doing extreme couponing. >> reporter: she has tip
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